Urgent Need For Pool? Why?
We have an urgent need for a community swimming pool? We also need year round basketball facilities? Why?
Let's see, an Olympic size pool, we wouldn't WANT a small one, will cost maybe a million? I don't know. I'm sure it won't be cheap.
How about a gym? Maybe half a million?
The little swimmers and basketball players will need a locker room. How about a Jacuzzi? Maybe a sauna as long as we are building it?
Lets see, they'll need a full time pool manager. That will be about $50,000 a year plus benefits. Chemicals, lights, maintenance every day, very expensive pumps and pool heaters every few years. Ya, sounds like a gift that just keeps on giving. Year after year the citizens of Lodi will foot the bill so a VERY few can have the privilege of using a pool and a basketball court. Then there is the insurance bill the city will have to pay every year. That will never be cheaper than the day the policy is written. Year after year the cost will escalate. The little "Aqua Tots" will be little old ladies and they will still be paying for this pool.
Perhaps the new skatepark, another great idea, could be bulldozed and a pool put on that site. That was an urgent problem too: "The poor kids don't have anywhere to skateboard."
How did we ever survive the last 65 years ? We couldn't play basketball, unless we wanted to pay for space at a gym or exercise club. We could swim, but only if we paid to join a swim club.
Blakely pool is so crowded people could hardly walk around? Sell tickets next year and only allow so many people to buy them. When all the tickets are gone, you don't get in.
Teach your children that there is no free ride. If they want to participate in pool activities there's a price that has to be paid. The taxpayers should not have to pay for your children's enjoyment.
If a tax is needed for the Fire Department, than call it that and vote that in. I live on the Eastside of Lodi and I can't remember the last time the fire department didn't show up for a fire on the Eastside of town.
A pool? A hole in the ground you pour money into. Let the people that want to swim and play basketball join a club and spend their money. Don't spend any of mine on an expensive hole in the ground.
John D. Stack Sr.